Is that how you remember recent history?
Well, apparently there are those who would have you believe such nonsense:
Not even close to the truth.
Best & Worst Transportation: 2006
When it comes to do-nothing legislative gridlock, the Virginia Legislature wins our “Jeer of the Year” hands down for its complete failure to act responsibly in funding transportation.
Virginia Governor Tim Kaine heard plenty from voters about the crisis in transportation and so he ran - and won - on a platform to improve mobility in the Commonwealth. That platform, informed by public transportation forums across the state that were standing room only, included increasing some taxes and fees to fund the necessary and long overdue transportation improvements.
So it was no surprise when he sent forward an aggressive, but reasonable transportation funding package to the General Assembly. When the Legislature ended up deadlocked over transportation funding during its regular session, it decided to postpone transportation funding for a special session. Adding insult to injury, lawmakers in the state abruptly ended a special session on transportation early after members failed to agree upon a $2.4 billion transportation plan that was on the
table. In the end, it approved another status quo budget that continues the starving of transportation in the Commonwealth, while gridlock builds and transportation infrastructure crumbles. (link) [my emphasis]
The author of this jewel would have you believe that Governor Kaine held his public townhall meetings that dealt with transportation issues during his campaign. In fact, he held off the announcement of his plan until after he was elected and only held his first forum the following week. After he was elected.
During the campaign, he was utterly and intentionally ambiguous on the subject of taxes and transportation, except to say that he wouldn't consider raising taxes until a secure process of funding was in place to deal with ongoing needs. It was immediately after he was voted into office that he changed his tune and signed on to a whopping tax hike that was proposed by liberal Democrats and spineless Republican state senators.
"Virginia Governor Tim Kaine heard plenty from voters about the crisis in transportation and so he ran and won." Too slippery by half.